August 2023

Summaries of timely road safety news, events, and alerts

Message from NETS' Executive Director,
Susan Hipp

Here in the U.S., as well as in many other countries, summer is ending. No more vacations. No more lazy days by the pool. And kids are heading back to school.

Which reminded me of an article I saw recently ꟷ the ABCs of traffic safety. The first was A for Attention: Pay attention when driving, avoid distractions. B is for Buckle Up: Always wear your seat belt and ensure that all passengers in the vehicle are properly buckled up as well. Seatbelts significantly reduce the risk of injury in case of an accident. C is for Careful Driving: Drive carefully and obey all traffic laws.

You get the idea, easy to follow, simple traffic safety reminders. But simple is sometimes what we need. Getting back to the basics that we sometimes forget and need to be reminded of.
Did you know a 30-mph crash is the equivalent of falling out of a 3-story building? I wouldn’t want to face that impact without some protection. Yet not everyone wears a seat belt which is a quick, simple way to protect yourself in a crash.

As for distracted driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 3,522 people were killed in fatal crashes in 2021 that involved at least one distracted driver. And that number is arguably much higher than reported. We all know the simple solution to this: as the Kiefer Foundation’s founder, Steven Kiefer, teaches everyone, Just Drive.

As we get back into our normal after-summer routines and find our rhythm again, take some time to plan out safe driving reminders to share with your employees. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Pay attention, buckle up, and drive carefully. You can find free resources for these topics and others on NETS website:

Safe Driving!

Susan Hipp
Executive Director, NETS
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Keynote Speakers
Bill Sims

What Makes a Great Leader Great
Alison Betz

Driver's Behaving Badly: How Organizations Can Improve On-the-Road Safety for Drivers and Fleets
Mike Pitcher

The Seven eLements
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Remember to submit award nominations by September 1, 2023!

We are pleased to introduce the NETS Road Safety Achievement Award which will be awarded to NETS member company employee(s) for advancing road safety. Nominations must be submitted using the award submission form by September 1, 2023.
NETSTalk Now: Driving Change, A NETS Road Safety Podcast

Join leading global road safety experts to hear the latest in road safety technology, innovations, and best practices. Each month we will explore topics on advancing road safety and reducing risk on the world’s roadways.

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Webinar: Fixing A Broken Safety Culture

Aug 31, 2023 1:00 pm ET - "Safety culture" has become a buzz phrase in recent years. At its core, though, it means that a high-performing safety program has buy-in and engagement from the front lines to the C-suite.

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NETS is proud to partner with the following PLATINUM Fleet Safety Sponsors:

eDriving, a Solera company, helps organizations around the world to reduce incidents, collisions, injuries, license violations, carbon emissions, and total cost of fleet ownership through its patented digital driver risk management programs.

At its heart is the Mentor by eDrivingSM smartphone app that identifies risky driving behaviors for intervention and safe driving habits for recognition. In-app features include micro-training and coaching, gamification, collision reporting, vehicle inspections, and an individual FICO® Safe Driving Score validated to predict the likelihood of being involved in a collision. Mentor’s integrated automatic crash detection and Personal SOS features powered by Sfara and Bosch trigger a voice call and emergency support, as needed, from one of Bosch’s Global Call Centers supporting >50 countries. Through its five-stage, patented Crash-Free Culture® risk reduction methodology, eDriving helps organizations embrace safety and reduce risk for Sales, Service, Delivery and Warehouse drivers, all within a privacy-first, data-secure environment.

eDriving is the digital driver risk management partner of choice for many of the world’s largest organizations, supporting over 1.2 million drivers in 125 countries. Over the past 25 years, eDriving’s research-validated programs have been recognized with over 100 awards around the world.

Lytx is the global leader in fleet management technologies. Our solutions harness the power of video to empower drivers and fleets to be safer and more efficient, productive, and profitable so they can thrive in today’s competitive environment. Through the Lytx platform, direct and reseller clients access our customizable services and programs spanning driver safety, risk detection, fleet tracking, compliance, preventative maintenance, and fuel management. Using the world’s largest driving database of its kind, along with proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence technology, we help protect and connect thousands of fleets and 1.6 million drivers in more than 60 countries worldwide. For more information on Lytx video telematics systems, visit on Twitter, LinkedIn, our Facebook page or our YouTube channel.

Smith System offerings include virtual and in-person training, behind-the-wheel exercises, and eLearning programs based on proven methodologies and expert instruction. Further, Smith System is a market leader in providing telematics, camera technology and driver monitoring. Today, Smith System and our family of brands continue to make significant contributions to the driving industry, helping individuals and organizations improve their driving skills, enhance safety, and reduce risks on and off the road. We train drivers from more than half of the Fortune 500 fleets and offer instruction in more than 22 languages and 100 countries worldwide. With a vast Health, Safety, and HR eLearning library, fleet management tools, and North America’s largest decal-based response center, we support companies with all of their driver and workplace safety needs.

Volvo Cars is a multinational passenger car manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The first Volvo car rolled off the Gothenburg production line in Sweden in 1927. Since then, Volvo Car Group has been a world-leader in safety technology and innovation. From the very outset Volvo Cars has been a brand for people who care about the world and the people around us. We have made it our mission to make life easier, better and safer for everyone.

Volvo is behind some of the most important inventions and innovations in the history of car safety, and we are continuously improving your safety. Among those innovations are the three-point seat belt (1959); rearward facing child seat (1972) and the booster cushion (1978); side impact protection system (1991) and the side air-bag (1994); the blind spot information system, BLIS (1994) and many more safety innovations.

Today, Volvo is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales in more than 100 countries. Volvo’s goal is that no one should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car. An important step in that direction is the introduction of LIDAR in our new fully electric flagship SUV, the Volvo EX90.

CEI is North America’s largest provider of fully integrated fleet accident management, fleet safety and fleet risk management services.

As a top fleet management services company, CEI is committed to providing the most effective, efficient and user-friendly services for preventing fleet accidents and handling the results of those accidents that still occur. That means an on-going commitment to maintaining the highest-quality and experienced staff, continuing investment in the latest technology, and partnering with our customers to seek constant improvement in their fleet driver management.
Learn about all of NETS Fleet Safety Sponsors
NSC Calls for All Road Users to be Safe Over Labor Day
Analysis by the National Safety Council shows 455 people may lose their life in a preventable traffic crash over this year’s Labor Day holiday weekend, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. and extends through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4. This estimate reflects the slight decline seen in motor vehicle fatalities through the first six months of 2023, but the figures are still a stark reminder that more must be done to prevent these deadly crashes.
Volvo Car & NETS Align on Common Fleet Safety Goals, Objectives
As a platinum sponsor, Volvo joins forces with NETS to promote its mission to advance road safety among all drivers, employees and their families, and the communities where employees live and work.
Safety Pointers for Before You Get Behind the Wheel
Safety starts before a driver puts his or her vehicle in motion. Remind your drivers to prepare both themselves and their vehicles before they take to the roadways. A few proactive steps can help fleet drivers stay safe in their travels, no matter what they encounter. Share these pointers with your team.
FMCSA Seeks Advice on New Safety Rules for Carriers

A new safety standard would change how FMCSA determines whether carriers and truckers are fit to operate. The agency wants to get better at identifying and shutting down unsafe trucking companies.

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Furry Friends Can Cause Distracted Driving

While we love having them near, dogs aren’t always safe passengers. A recent poll found that in the past 12 months, dogs caused a majority of drivers to be distracted on U.S. roadways.

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Full-Size Pickups Are Top Pick of Thieves
In 2022, full-size pickup trucks had the highest theft rate of all vehicles — comprising 25% of total vehicle thefts, according to a new analysis from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
10 Technologies In EVs and The Vehicles That Pioneered Each

A lot of technologies have come up with the advent of EVs, and here are 10 features and the EVs that they came in.

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The Tech-Driven Roads of Tomorrow: Advancing Safety

The International Road Federation's Gonzalo Alcaraz shares his thoughts on how new technologies are impacting the road ecosystem.

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How to Reduce the Risk of Electric Vehicle Fires
As more fleets move toward electrification, fleet operators face many challenges — from purchasing the right electric vehicles (EVs) to developing charging infrastructure to training technicians on EVs. As with traditional vehicles, safety is always a top priority.
Speeding Tickets Will Soar as Police Turn to Tech

Speed cameras targeting British drivers in the future will be able to fly and catch motorists braking to try and avoid being fined for going over the limit. Experts think the new breed of technology might become so advanced it will be able to...

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GHSA Praises Proposal to Require Seat Belt Warnings

NHTSA announced a new proposed rule to require front and rear seat belt warning systems for drivers in most new vehicles manufactured in the United States. This proposed rulemaking is a long overdue expansion of lifesaving vehicle technology...

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NSC Estimates 21,150 Died on U.S. Roads in First Half of 2023
Preliminary estimates released by the National Safety Council show traffic deaths in the U.S. are on a slight decline through the first six months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022. From January 2023 through June 2023, an estimated 21,150 people died in preventable motor vehicle crashes in the United States, down 3% from the first six months of last year.
IIHS Welcomes Proposal to Strengthen Seat Belt Reminders

A proposal by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to upgrade requirements for seat belt reminders is a welcome step forward, said David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Achieving the SDGs for Road Safety in G20 Countries
Road trauma is the largest killer of young people worldwide, and more than 100,000 people are killed or injured on the world’s roads each day. Significantly, road injury prevention has been included in the Sustainable Development Goals. The global mandate to improve road safety...
Nearly 2/3 Support a Safer Licensing System for New Drivers

Nearly two-thirds of people surveyed would support a new phased driving licensing system to safeguard young drivers on our roads, new research from Brake and AXA UK has discovered.

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Metrics Show Safer Roads Influence in 94% of Eur. Countries

Our latest iRAP in Europe metrics are in and we congratulate European partners for achieving 1.8 million km of road infrastructure safety assessments in 38 countries, training of more than 11,000 people, and a safety influence in 46 countries...

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Child Passenger Safety Week Is September 17-23, 2023
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children.
  • 710 children (under 13) were killed in passenger vehicles in 2021, and more than 100,000 were injured.
  • In 2021, more than a third (36%) of children (under 13) who died while riding in passenger vehicles were unrestrained.
NHTSA and the Ad Council launched a new series of public service ads (PSAs) that urge parents and caregivers to protect their child’s future at every stage of life, by making sure they secure them in the correct car seat for their age, height, and weight.
Brake's Road Safety Week: November 19-25, 2023

Let’s talk about SPEED. Five people die on UK roads every day, so why do we still think it’s OK to speed? Take part in Road Safety Week 2023 and join the conversation. Road Safety Week this year is 19–25 November 2023.

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Registration: NSC Safety Congress & Expo

October 2023 | New Orleans, LA
Professional Development Seminars: October 20-22 and 25-26
Congress & Expo: October 23-25
Do you have a particularly successful road safety example to share? NETS Members are encouraged to share best practices, ask questions or contribute their expertise to the NETS Road Safety Leaders Forum, an online discussion forum exclusively for NETS Members and Sponsors. Not yet a member? Check out the benefits at
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